Why study this course?

Our Sports Therapy MSc course is designed for sports scientists and similar graduates who wish to learn clinical skills and apply their knowledge to a therapy setting. You'll learn how to diagnose and treat sports injuries and develop practical and clinical skills. Completing the course will make you eligible for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), which gives you licence to practice as a sports therapist.

More about this course

London Metropolitan University is proud to have been one of the first universities in the UK to develop this ground-breaking degree. The course answers the growing demand for professionals with sports-specific knowledge by equipping you with the tools necessary to become a professional sports therapist.

This MSc focuses on developing your ability to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate sports injuries or dysfunction. It includes the development of practical, patient-handling and clinical decision-making skills.

Our University has a long history of teaching sports science and therapy courses and an excellent record of graduate employment in these fields. You’ll benefit from a range of specialist resources within our £30m Science Centre including a fully-functioning public clinic.

If you successfully complete the course you’ll be eligible for membership of The Society of Sports Therapists (SST), an organisation which strives to increase the levels of care provided for sports and recreational participants. By joining this society, you'll have access to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) through exclusive courses, workshops, conferences and other professional events.

Our excellent teaching staff include academic leader Nick Gardiner, who has written for a prestigious sports medicine publication.

Through access to these resources, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a successful sports therapist.


A variety of methods will be used to assess your performance, including literature reviews, seminar presentations, written seminar papers, time-constrained assessments, practicals (including oral examinations) and a dissertation.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by The Society of Sports Therapists. Successfully pass the course in order to become eligible for membership of the organisation.

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Entry requirements

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 honours undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in sports or exercise science (graduates with related degrees or other suitable qualifications will be considered on an individual basis)

Accreditation of Prior Learning

Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).

English language requirements

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. This course requires you to meet a specific standard listed under the exceptions in our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2022/23 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

In this module you will develop the skills to undertake a clinical examination and assessment for any common sports injury to the upper or lower limb. You will review the relevant human anatomy and develop functional and biomechanical application of this to the assessment of peripheral joints. You will develop a critical awareness of current issues relating to sports injuries, epidemiology and mechanisms of injury, as well as their clinical reasoning and critical application of an examination and assessment in a sports setting.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon

This module encompasses a holistic approach to the prevention, assessment and management of sports injuries in a wide range of populations (including those with specific considerations). Clinical reasoning will be developed through the understanding and application of examination and assessment techniques, as well as a variety of issues in the sporting context.

This module aims to provide the students with a level of knowledge and understanding appropriate to a Masters level Sports Therapist. This module will enable students to develop a critical understanding of issues in sporting environments and application of their skills to special populations. This will enhance their ability to apply theory to practise and improve their employability.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Wednesday morning

This module is intended to develop clinical reasoning for applying manual therapy mobilisation techniques to the peripheral and spinal joints. This module will develop a critical approach to technique selection for treating dysfunctional joints via analysis of contemporary research.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Wednesday morning

The module is designed to provide students with an understanding of different analytical approaches to problems which will be reviewed together with the need to consider statistics and quality control in the design of projects. In addition, the module introduces students to methods of data analysis using computer software. The Physiology content introduces students to the responses to the body to acute and chronic exercise training. Students are also familiarised with laboratory tests of physical performance to assess components of fitness and capacity for work and rehabilitation.

This module currently runs:
  • spring semester - Thursday morning

This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and ability to develop and implement rehabilitation programmes to return athletes to full functional fitness. Students will develop a critical awareness of current trends in rehabilitation processes. Students will also develop an understanding of the application and use of taping and how it can be used to support a rehabilitation process.

This module aims to provide the student with the theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to plan, implement and deliver rehabilitation and remedial programmes suitable for the early, intermediate, late and functional stages of common sports injuries. The students will gain the knowledge to plan and implement a pre-discharge assessment for common sports injuries. The students will also gain knowledge of taping and be able to critically review its use. They will be able to apply the most common of taping procedures to support their work during placement hours.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

This module is intended to develop the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to support the practice of therapy treatment modalities such as electrotherapy and soft tissue therapy.

This module aims to provide the student with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical expertise to apply soft tissue therapy and electrotherapy safely and effectively.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester
  • summer studies
  • spring semester

This module provides an opportunity for the student to undertake a substantial piece of research in one area of Sports Therapy & Exercise Science. The intention is to allow a thorough analysis and synthesis of theory and practice in relation to sports or exercise science. The research will require either the empirical collection of data or an original secondary analysis of existing data. This module also provides an opportunity for critical reflection of the research topic and self-reflection of learning, studying and research skills and knowledge.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

The module is intended to develop the first aid practical skills is regards to both basic and advanced first aid. The module aims to develop on students previous experiences in first aid and/ or introduce the principle of first aid and trauma management which enable the student to deal with situations in different in a sport and exercise context safely and effectively. The module provides students with advanced theoretical knowledge, including contemporary issues in sports trauma.

Students must pass all components to satisfy professional body requirements.

This module currently runs:
  • autumn semester - Tuesday morning
  • autumn semester - Tuesday
  • autumn semester - Thursday
  • spring semester - Tuesday morning
  • spring semester - Tuesday
  • spring semester - Tuesday
  • spring semester - Thursday
  • summer studies - Tuesday morning
  • summer studies - Tuesday morning
  • summer studies - Tuesday
  • summer studies - Tuesday
  • summer studies - Thursday
  • summer studies - Thursday

Students are required to undertake supervised clinical placement hours in order to gain eligibility for membership of the professional body. This module aims to provide the framework for students to undertake these hours and to support their development of professional skills in the working environment. The module also enables students to experience work with injured athletes in a variety of sports therapy environments. The module will run over the all three semesters and placement hours may be gained from the initial semester in order to spread the workload of students.
The module aims are:
To provide a framework for enhancing theoretical knowledge and applying professional principles for a sports therapist
To provide an opportunity of working with injured athletes across a variety of sports therapy environments
To familiarise students with the ethical, legal, professional and administrative issues associated with working as a sports therapist
To promote the development of skills required of a sports therapist in the sports therapy environment

Where this course can take you

Many of our graduates work with professional, semi-professional and amateur sporting institutions. These include football, rugby, ice hockey and basketball teams as well as professional cyclists.

Roles have also been plentiful in other areas of private practice, such as sports therapy and rehabilitation services within health and leisure centres. You’ll also have the option to pursue further research.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

Important information for international applicants

Due to unprecedented demand for our courses for the autumn 2023 intake, international admissions are now closed for this postgraduate course. Please check back at a later date to view future available intakes.

How to apply

Use the apply button to begin your application.

If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.

When to apply

You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.

To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.

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